Funding helps Eiry get into the digital age
AN enterprising pensioner has teamed up with a Swansea computer games development studio to support her new career as a children's author.
Eiry Rees Thomas has secured a £24,000 funding package from the Welsh Government Digital Development Fund and started work with Swansea-based Chaos Trend on developing interactive apps and e-books for schools based on her stories.
Mrs Thomas is a 67-year-old fluent Welsh speaker and said support from the digital development fund was key to developing the project to its full potential.
She added: "I was very lucky to get funding, which is absolutely essential to create the digital interactive element.
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"An increasing number of schools are now introducing iPads but there is a distinct lack of content for this age group and a real demand.
"The funding has helped me get the stories illustrated and is enabling me to work with Chaos Trend, who have all the necessary skills to create something very inspiring and exciting for youngsters."
Business Minister Edwina Hart said she was delighted the fund was supporting the development of interactive digital educational aids with international potential.
She said it underlies the spirit of enterprise in Wales.